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Could Tony Popovic make a Wanderers return?

4:23 AM EDT 4/3/18
Popovic/ Kalac
Back in Australia, the inaugural Western Sydney coach wants to get back into coaching with his former club struggling

After a disastrous stint in Turkey with Karabukspor, Tony Popovic and his assistant Zeljko Kalac are on the lookout for a new opportunity with a return to Western Sydney not being ruled out.

Having left the Wanderers on the cusp of the new season, the duo have watched on from distance as new coach Josep Gombau has struggled to impart his philosophy onto the club.

Sitting seventh, ahead of a crunch clash against Brisbane Roar which will all but decide who plays finals football, the red and black have felt the loss of Popovic.

While the likelihood of any return would seem slim with Gombau contracted for next season, Kalac believes Popovic may well be open to it should the club make a move. 

“I wouldn’t put anything beyond Popa,” Kalac told The World Game

“Who knows?”

Lying low after a nightmare spell in Turkey, Kalac and Popovic are back in Australia keen for a new challenge.

“It’s been nice for both of us to sit back and enjoy a break from football," Kalac admitted. 

“But it’s enough now. 

"We’ve had our fun, had our break and it’s time to get back into things again.”

On the back of consecutive defeats, Western Sydney are on the verge of missing out on the top six for just the second time in their history.

Having helped steer the side to Asian Champions League success and a Premiers' Plate in their maiden season, the Wanderers current form is a worry for Kalac.

“They are a team that was built to win the A-League, so it’s a bit disappointing," he said.

“The way they are playing, and where they are on the ladder at the moment, it’s for them to sort their own problems out."